RIM announced its tablet, the PlayBook, back in September last year. The PlayBook is based on QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor.
Late last month, rumors popped up on the Internet that the PlayBook will be capable of running Android applications along with apps made for it. Today, RIM has confirmed that the PlayBook is capable of running Android apps as well as BlackBerry Java apps.
The company will launch two optional app-playerswhich will provide run-time environment for BlackBerry Java apps and Android v2.3 apps. The company will also release the tablet’s native SDK so as to allow developers to start making apps for the tablet OS.
Now, this piece of news may have got a lot of future PlayBook customers pretty excited. However, there is a very big problem here. The PlayBook will provide a run-time environment for Android apps made for the mobile version of the OS (Gingerbread/FroYo), and NOT the tablet version of the OS (Honeycomb).
This means that the Android apps may not run properly, may appear stretched out and pixelated and will not be able to make use of the extra real-screen estate offered by a tablet. Until and unless, an Android app has been made keeping in mind both the tablet and the mobile version of the OS, users will face the above said issues.
Ultimately, users who will be using Android apps on a regular basis should buy an Android Honeycomb based tablet, and NOT the PlayBook.